The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

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He writes easily, vividly and brilliantly: – he is as at ease with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as he is with Boltzmann’s constant – closes the work with a contemplation of time’s milestone: mortality.
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"Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book." --The Sunday Times

From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time.

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.

For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.

Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.
 

About Carlo Rovelli

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Carlo Rovelli received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Padua. He has conducted research at Imperial College, Yale University, the University of Rome, and the University of Pittsburgh and is currently professor of theoretical physics at the University of Marseille. He is author of more than 150 scholarly articles and the books Quantum Gravity and What Is Time? What Is Space?
 
Published May 8, 2018 by Riverhead Books. 252 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tim Radford on May 05 2018

He writes easily, vividly and brilliantly: – he is as at ease with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as he is with Boltzmann’s constant – closes the work with a contemplation of time’s milestone: mortality.

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